Interview with Simin Shang

1) Which art movement do you consider most influential on your practice?

Pop art and conceptual art.

2) Where do you go and when to make your best art?

To see the society.

3) How do you describe your 'creative process'?

Encoding and decoding.

4) Which artist, living or deceased, is the greatest inspiration to you?

I have been influenced by Victor Burgin, specifically the juxtaposition of elements and metaphor interpretation. My current work is focused more on the community and the every day, and I express that through the use of cartoon illustrations to highlight contrast and represent a different side to true form.

5) If you weren't an artist, what would you do?


6) What do you listen to for inspiration?


7) If you could own one artwork, and money was no object, which piece would you acquire?

Keiichi Tanaami's painting.

8) If your dream museum or collection owner came calling, which would it be?

Tate Modern.

9) What is your key piece of advice for artists embarking on a fine art or creative degree today?

Do what you like.

10) What is your favourite book of all time (fiction or non-fiction)?

2001 Odyssey.

11) If you could hang or place your artwork in one non-traditional art setting, where would that be?

On a square.

12) What was the biggest lesson your university course or time studying taught you?

Looking beyond something.

13) And finally, if we were to fast forward 10 years, where would we find you?

In the studio.